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County Manager's Office

Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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County celebrates careers of Sheriff Denning and Undersheriff Cavanaugh
December 13, 2016

On Friday, Dec. 9, more than a hundred people gathered to celebrate the careers of Sheriff Frank Denning and Undersheriff Kevin Cavanaugh in a retirement ceremony and celebration at the Olathe Community Center.

Dozens of attendees stood in a receiving line to shake hands with the event’s honorees before speeches and comments kicked off with Denning’s wife, Robin Lewis. Lewis, who swore Denning into office for each of his four terms as Johnson County Sheriff, presented the history of his career that started in Great Bend, Kansas.

Denning joined the Johnson County Sheriff’s department in 1978 as deputy in corrections. He became the county’s undersheriff in 2002 and was elected sheriff in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Among Denning and Cavanaugh’s legacy with the office, she noted the creation of the state-of-the-art (and internationally accredited) Criminalistics Laboratory, the development of the first internet crime unit in the country, collaboration with local mental health resources to improve outcomes for residents who may suffer from mental illness and continuing concern with the safety in Johnson County.

Lewis went on to speak about the career and legacy of Undersheriff Kevin Cavanaugh who began his law enforcement career in Pratt, Kansas. Cavanaugh joined the county sheriff’s office in 2005 as undersheriff to Denning. 

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Dec. 15 BOCC meeting moved to Olathe City Hall
December 14, 2016

The Board of County Commissioners meeting scheduled for Dec. 15, 2016, will not be held at the Johnson County Administration building because of audio/visual equipment upgrades. Instead, it will be held at Olathe City Council Chambers, located at 100 E. Santa Fe St. Broadcast of the Dec. 15 BoCC meeting will still be available through jocogov.org.

Preliminary timeline for courthouse construction
March 15, 2017

The preliminary timeline identifies numerous actions to be taken before groundbreaking occurs:

  • Nov. 8 – voters approve Public Safety Sales Tax
  • Dec. 9 - Johnson County Board of County Commissioners adopt a resolution to levy the additional one-fourth cent sales tax countywide for a period of 10 years, beginning on or about April 1, 2017.
  • The Board to amend the county's Capital Improvement Program to include the courthouse and coroner facility projects and authorize the projects.
  • The Public Building Commission to approve the projects and sell bonds.
  • The Facilities Department to issue two request for proposals (RFP) for professional services to start the project work and to have an owner’s representative and a criteria consultant onboard by the first quarter 2017.
  • Selection of the design-build team during the second half of 2017.
  • Early 2018, conduct public engagement regarding the design.
  • First quarter 2018, begin construction.
  • Complete construction by end of 2020 and occupy the building in early 2021.
Donate as little as an hour each month, make a difference
December 7, 2016

Johnson County Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteers who have just one extra hour a month during their lunch break to deliver meals to homebound seniors.

Johnson County Meals on Wheels delivers a hot, nutritious noon meal to these individuals. However we provide more than a meal. We also serve as a daily check on homebound seniors to make sure they are doing well.

There are eight different locations where volunteers can pick up their meals: Blue Valley, De Soto, Gardner, Lenexa, Merriam, Olathe, Overland Park, and Spring Hill. Meals are delivered Monday – Friday between 10:45 a.m. – noon by our dedicated volunteer team.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, attend an orientation session, and complete an application to get started. Children are welcome to accompany parents or grandparents on their routes. Volunteers may adopt a weekly route, a monthly route or even serve as a substitute and drive when available.

The next orientation sessions are from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13 and Thursday, Dec. 22 at 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1300, Olathe, KS 66061. Volunteers are asked to bring their driver’s license and proof of auto insurance and will complete all necessary paperwork at the orientation session.

With as little as one hour a month, you can make a difference in the life of homebound seniors. If you would like to register for an upcoming orientation session, please call Brandy at 913-715-8859.

 

 

Apply for the Johnson County Citizens Academy program
December 9, 2016

Learn about the inner workings of Johnson County Government and how you can get more involved in our community through the Johnson County Citizens Academy program! The spring 2017 session will begin Feb. 16 and meet for three hours (6–9 p.m.) each Thursday evening until April 27, with no session on March 16 due to spring break. Dinner will be provided at no cost during each weekly session. The application deadline for the spring program is Jan. 20. Visit jocogov.org/citizensacademy for more information and to apply.

The goal of the Johnson County Citizens Academy is three-fold: 

  • Enhance citizen knowledge of county operations and services  
  • Encourage a unified community identity 
  • Increase participation in Johnson County boards and commissions

During sessions participants hear presentations from staff, perform hands-on activities, and take tours of various county departments and agencies, including Public Works, Human Services, Libraries, Developmental Supports, Park and Recreation, the Sheriff’s Office and more.

Fall Citizens Academy session participant John said, "…I know now what the boards and commissions are, and how to discover whether there are any openings. I have a list of people I can contact. I also have a lot more information about the range of volunteer opportunities that are available — now I just need to decide which opportunities appeal to me the most. But the most valuable thing for me was the knowledge that our leaders have the well-being of this community well in hand. I was continually struck by the passion and commitment of the members of our county government and the leaders of our county services…I’m comforted knowing this and I’m more passionate than ever to get involved.”

If you have questions about the Citizens Academy Program, please call Chelsea Ren Morton at 913-715-0729.

Be prepared for winter weather hazards
December 1, 2016

It’s Winter Weather Awareness Day in Kansas. Here are tips to be better prepared for inclement weather as Johnson County residents deal with the first cold snap of the season.

Before a winter storm

  • Prepare: Review your family plan and ensure you have enough food and water to last 72 hours.
  • Monitor: Weather changes quickly. Stay up-to-date with the latest forecast and warnings.
  • Review: Advisories are issued when winter weather will create travel delays and safety issues, and warnings mean the weather could be life threatening. Watches may precede either of these, and are issued when impacts are still 12 to 48 hours out.

During a winter storm

  • Stay indoors: Avoid unnecessary travel and exposure to the elements.
  • Slow down: If you must travel, drive cautiously and defensively. Clear off ice and snow, and don't leave home without emergency supplies.
  • Use caution: If you lose power, know how to heat and light your home safely. Never bring a generator inside.

After a winter storm

  • Connect: Let your pre-designated contact know you're okay, especially if you are traveling.
  • Proceed with caution: If you were away during a winter storm, be aware that carbon monoxide, electrical hazards, and food and water quality may all be concerns inside your home.
  • Protect your health: Take frequent breaks shoveling and cover exposed skin in cold conditions.

Update your vehicle emergency kit

You can greatly increase your preparedness by adding simple items to your vehicle emergency kit such as a cell phone charger, warm blankets and a flashlight. If you must travel through hazardous winter conditions, add a snow shovel and kitty litter to your preparedness kit. And if you a traveling a long distance or to remote locations, add water, snacks and a paper map. Above all, let someone know about your travel plans.

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